8 Reasons for resistance…
It has been my experience most people, and company leaders resist change for very similar reasons. Why? Here are my eight observations, what do think, do these fit your personal experience?
Most people, CEO’s don’t make change happen! Why, because it is extremely difficult to change the direction of your life or company and the people in it. Most CEO’s are hired to run a company, by definition they are not visionaries, visionaries are different breed they start companies. The entrepreneur thrives in changes but only sustains it if they have a vision.
2. Creating a vision
Building a vision takes time and once built it takes even more time for people to buy into the vision. Any change creates mental and emotional stress for everyone involved, and for a short while chaos, and income drops. Change for an established company is even more difficult, there are customs, traditions and expectations that are enormous obstacles to change, so why do it.
3. Predicting the future
Change means trying to predict the future based upon now, looking at and considering all of the history and strategies at used to create life or company. This creates an enormous resistance to change itself, “after all what we are doing now works” – ” we don’t know if this will work”– these two often are the response and the resistance.
4. Money & Time
Yes, money and lots of time are needed for change to take place. Good old fashion dollars and cents is often the biggest resistance point, because re-tooling an entire operation cost a great deal of money and time, with no guarantee of success. Many people would rather stay with the status quo, than take a risk with their own legacy of what they consider a good life.
5. This is the way we do it here…
Cultural bias, if the company changes it also changes its culture by the very fact of changing daily operations. Many people fear that the change will make their job irrelevant and they would lose their income. The same is true for the individual, will their skills and life become irrelevant after all they know how to do life as it is.
6. Trusting information
This might seem very obvious, but when a CEO asks for information about change or is considering change, all of the information landing on the desk will have the prejudices and biases of those writing it. Those who gain by the change will write positive reports about change in those who will lose will write negative reports. Both points of view are unreliable, and offer insidious resistance
7. Trusting technology
The implementation of new technology is not without risk, and yet today not implementing new technology and incorporating change into the process is a greater risk. Going back to school going in a new direction is a risk, as it will challenge you think you are, ideas are new technology for the mind. In fact, risky is the new safe.
8. Current Reality
Many leaders/CEOs lose the connection with the customer, the marketplace and the rapid changes occurring in technology and social trends. This loss of connection can lead them to make decisions based only on the past. The past is no indication of future success, today that is true more than ever. Thinking that by doing what has worked in the past will work in the future is the fastest way out of business.
Reality doesn’t deal in excuses, exceptions or extraordinary circumstances. Whether it’s your health, your finances, your company, your career or your relationships, where you stand today is your reality. Face it, accept it and move forward. You have the capacity to change any reality. All you need is the willingness and commitment to do so.